Welcome to Heath Elementary School Brookline, Massachusetts
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Welcome back from February vacation! All reports indicate
that the week was a success for all of our families and staff and awarded some
time for rest and relaxation before the busy spring begins. As we are
approaching the end of February and the end of winter (?), it is important that
we all reflect on the many accomplishments that have transpired in the last
month and look ahead to the very busy March to come. I have included a brief
overview of the month including the updated changes of some dates for the MCAS
exam that are included in this letter.
As Heath is known in the community for being such a warm,
welcoming and inclusive place to learn, so our children have shown others the
same as ambassadors of Heath.This
respect has been evident in the way that our children approach their
participation in community events. I am also very proud of the way in which our
children have behaviorally shown respect for others as they participate in the
basketball season, on the ski slopes, and in the many venues of community
service now underway.
It is important to me to be present when our children
arrive, play at recess and leave the building each day! Part of what makes
Heath such a wonderful place is the participation that our parent community
plays in making sure that our children safely arrive and leave school each day.
I need to remind the entire Heath community that the Extended Day program uses
the playground areas every afternoon and are there to monitor only the students
in this program. Students are welcome to remain and play after school on
equipment. However, children who are not in the Extended Day program and who
choose to remain are reminded of our expectation for appropriate behavior after
school hours. Students who do remain at school should have an adult nearby to
chaperone their play. Of late, we have had many children who have remained
after school to play who are not accompanied by an adult and so we would ask
that those children make arrangements with a parent that is communicated to us
so that we are able to ensure their whereabouts and safety.
As educators we are charged with a great deal of responsibility for the daily, safe management of our children and each other. Research shows that the preparedness and awareness of our students and staff is tantamount to the welcoming, open school vision that we support at Heath, and enhances a comfortable and safe climate for students. Being an aware community member and attending a secure school also provides an accompanying feeling of unity that we want for our community.
This past year, in concert with the school safety discussion between the public schools of Brookline and the Brookline Police Department, I was asked to identify some areas of school support for this school year that could be provided for safety and security specific to Heath. Additionally, Dr. Lupini has included a portion of the updates security message in his superintendent’s report issued September 19, 2013.
At the time of opening of our new school year, we have in place several new procedures designed to help us, as the adults in the building, enhance the protection of our children.
1.The district has installed security cameras at the front and the back doors of the building that allows the monitoring of those entering and exiting the building.
2. We have asked our parents and families to enter through specific doors in the morning where staff monitors are present.
3. We have joined three other schools in Brookline in the decision to provide school ID cards or badges to be issued to all Heath school staff. The use of an ID badge in the school setting has been known to identify those who serve in an official capacity, act as affirmation that we are adults who belong here, and add an extra feeling of security to buildings. We ask that our staff carry these (wear these) so that students (and adults) are aware of the safe adults in the building and who can be identified for assistance when needed.
4. We have anticipated dates for the annual lock down drill, evacuation drill, and medical alert drill soon to be released to our school calendars.
5. We are lucky enough to be piloting a small version of the CAP program (child assault prevention) in grades 1,3 and 5. This program enhances the work done this past year with the Olweus program and broadens a student awareness of potential dangers outside of school.
The faculty and school staff members take our security seriously and we will continue to dedicate our continued vigilance and efforts for a safe and secure place for our children in the Heath community.
_Mission of Heath School
Heath School is an academic and social community comprised of students, faculty, staff and parents. Our school promotes the four cores values of the Brookline Public Schools. These include respect for human differences, high academic achievement, excellence in teaching and collaborative relationships. ...read more